Shumaker receives recognition

Shumaker receives recognition

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Kate Shumaker of Ohio State University Extension’s Holmes County office has been recognized by the Epsilon Sigma Phi for her outstanding contribution to and support of extension programming.

Shumaker received the ESP Excellence in Extension Award on Dec. 9 during the Ohio State University Extension annual conference, held virtually this year.

The Excellence in Extension Award has been given annually since 1992 to recognize a superior extension educator. This award recognizes the importance of teaching, research and service to extension programming. Recipients are nominated by faculty, staff, clientele or emeriti.

Shumaker’s specialization as a dietitian and knowledge of food safety have served her well as the chair of the statewide food preservation team. The past three years were spent with the team revising and updating the “Selecting, Storing and Serving” series of 24 fact sheets. These were published in July 2021. The team is stronger and accomplishes many trainings through webinars, workshops and support of new educators because of Shumaker’s leadership.

In the community, her offerings of ServSafe are well known, and area restaurants send employees to attend on a regular basis. Shumaker’s knowledge and interactive teaching style give participants an advantage to pass exams.

Shumaker has received many awards on a state and national level for her teaching and curriculum development. She serves Ohio Extension on several state committees and program teams and the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences as their current secretary.

Epsilon Sigma Phi is the honorary fraternity for extension professionals.

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